Utah State returns to the bowl season for the seventh time in eight years but will not have their coach. In this situation Matt Wells has moved on to take over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. As a result, Aggies assistant Frank Maile will run the team for its New Mexico Bowl appearance against North Texas. Meanwhile North Texas head coach Seth Littrell is also a hot NCAA Football betting coaching prospect. Littrell has been rumored for several potential jobs including the recent opening at Kansas State. Littrell has led the Mean Green to their second consecutive nine-win season.
New Mexico Bowl
North Texas Mean Green vs. Utah State Aggies
Date and Time: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2 p.m. ET
Location: Dreamstyle Stadium, Albuquerque, New Mexico
NCAA Football Betting Odds at SBG:
|North Texas||+9 (-110)||67½ (-110)|
|Utah State||-9 (-110)||67½ (-110)|
New Mexico Bowl TV Coverage: ESPN
Utah State Aggies
Utah State has an NCAA Football betting record of 10-2 straight up, 9-3 against the spread, and 9-3 over the total. To bring to light the Aggies are one of the top offensive teams in the country. Utah State ranks 11th in the nation offensively and third for scoring offense. Concurrently the defense was solid and ranks 38th in the country for points allowed. Specifically, Utah State finished second to Boise State in the Mountain West Conference Mountain Division. In fact, they lost at Boise State 33-24 to miss out on a shot at the MWC championship game.
North Texas Mean Green
North Texas has an online wagering record of 9-3 straight up, 4-8 vs. the odds, and 1-10-1 under the total. Last time out North Texas scored a 24-21 win over Texas San Antonio as 25-point home overlays. As a result, the Mean Green finished second in the Conference USA West Division. In the same way North Texas gushed red ink down the stretch with just one cover in their last eight games. North Texas ranks 15th in the nation for total offense and 31st for points allowed defensively. In particular the Mean Green rank 11th for passing yardage.
Stats to Consider
Quarterback Mason Fine leads the North Texas attack. To show Fine has a 150.5 rating with 27 touchdowns and just five interceptions. Balancing out the Mean Green is DeAndre Torrey with 942 rushing yards, 5.9 yards per carry, and 14 touchdowns. Receiver Rico Bussey led with 1017 yards and 68 catches but is questionable with a leg issue.
Important Names on the Field
Utah State is led by quarterback Jordan Love. Owing to Love’s 159.9 rating with 28 touchdowns and five interceptions comes the Aggies success. Running back Darwin Thompson adds 951 yards rushing with 7.2 and 14 touchdowns. Gerald Bright added 785 yards, 6.3 yards per carry with eight touchdowns. Additionally, Ron’quavion Tarver hauled in 62 catches for the season.
Matchup to Watch
North Texas has the passing attack to make for a NCAA Football Betting matchup advantage. It follows that Utah State may not be fully engaged without Wells on the sideline. Secondly North Texas has the defense to stay in this game at the least!
North Texas vs. Utah State NCAA Football Betting
North Texas looks like a live dog!
North Texas vs. Utah State NCAA Football Betting Pick: North Texas Mean Green
North Texas vs. Utah State NCAA Football Betting Score Prediction: North Texas 24, Utah State 27
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